Keynote Speakers

Professor Mustafa Ozbilgin

Brunel University, United Kingdom


Mustafa F. Özbilgin is Professor of Organisational Behaviour at Brunel Business School, London. He also holds two international positions: Co-Chaire Management et Diversité at Université Paris Dauphine and Visiting Professor of Management at Koç University in Istanbul.

His research focuses on equality, diversity and inclusion at work from comparative and relational perspectives. He has conducted field studies in the UK and internationally and his work is empirically grounded. His research is supported by international as well as national grants from the ESRC, EU, CIPD, ACE, ACCA, British Academy among others. His work has a focus on changing policy and practice in equality and diversity at work. He is an engaged scholar, driven by values of workplace democracy, equality for all, and humanisation of work.

He is serving as the editor-in-chief of the European Management Review (EMR), the official journal of the European Academy of Management (EURAM) since 2014.

He has authored and edited 18 books and published over 200 papers in academic journals such as the Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Learning and Education, British Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Human Relations, Gender Work and Organization, and Social Science and Medicine among others.

He has done research, consultancy and training at a large number of organisations including the House of Commons, Barclays Bank, The Bank West Australia, Halifax, the CIPD, the National Health Service, the NHS Employers, Tesco, the Probation Services, The UK Fire Service, the Economist Research Unit, the OECD, the WRVS, DTI, Rio Tinto, PwC, Linklaters and ACCA.

He served as the editor-in-chief of the British Journal of Management, the official journal of the British Academy of Management, for four years from 2010 to 2014.


Scholarly Program Co-Chairs



Dr. Faiza Ali

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr Faiza Ali is an Assistant Professor at Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS. Prior to that she was a lecturer in HRM and OB at the University of Kent, Kent Business School. Faiza has teaching experience in higher education for over ten years in UK, Australia and Pakistan. She completed her PhD in management from Macquarie University, Australia. In addition to this, she holds a MBA and a Master’s degree in Economics. She has also successfully completed Postgraduate Certificate in Higher Education (PGCHE) from University of Kent.

In terms of research, Faiza has published in high quality peer-reviewed journals as well (ABS 3* and 2*). She has written widely on equality and human resource management in a wide range of publications including: Gender, Work and Organization; Asia Pacific Journal of Management; International Journal of Human Resource Management; Gender in Management: an International Journal; Women's Studies International Forum; Equality, Diversity and Inclusion; and International Journal of Employment Studies. Faiza has also presented her research at a number of prestigious management conferences such as Academy of Management (AoM), European Academy of Management (EURAM) and Australia and New Zealand Academy of Management (ANZAM).


Dr. Ayesha Masood

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr. Ayesha Masood is an assistant professor in Suleman Dawood School of Business at Lahore University of Management Sciences. Dr. Masood obtained her PhD in Anthropology from Arizona State University, USA in 2017. Her doctoral dissertation dealt with experiences of women doctors in Pakistan. Her prior education includes an MA in Political Science from the University of the Punjab, and an MBBS degree from King Edward Medical College, Lahore.

Her research focuses on issues related to policy implementation, health care management, diversity management, gender identity, and philosophy of work and has been published in top-ranked journals of the world including Sex Roles, Gender, Place and Culture, and Gender, Work and Organization.  Her current research interests include human resource management in healthcare, sociology of professions and work, and diversity and inclusion.


Dr. Sameen Zafar

Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Pakistan


Dr. Sameen Zafar received a Doctorate in Economics from the University of Nottingham, United Kingdom, with a research focus on Poverty in Asia. During her PhD, she has been a visiting student at University of Oxford, UK to conduct part of her research.  Prior to joining LUMS, she had been working as an Associate Professor at PNU. She has been associated in teaching capacity with the schools of business and economics at eight different universities including the University of Nottingham and Nottingham Trent University in UK. During her teaching experience, she has taught diverse courses in the disciplines of Economics, Business and Development Studies at both undergraduate and post graduate levels, nationally and internationally.

Dr. Zafar has received several awards and recognitions which include the International Research Excellence Award from the University of Nottingham, UK and a Teaching Award from the School of Economics, University of Nottingham. She has also attended numerous international conferences and teacher training programs in the UK to become equipped in imparting education at world class levels.

She has worked for Islamic Relief UK as a Research Fellow to conduct research and produce a publication on The Validity and Viability of a Banking Model, based on Islamic endowment (Waqf/Awqaf) in UK and also on a project to update courses on Islamic Finance offered by the organisation. Additionally, she has worked as a Research Consultant with the International Cocoa Initiative in Switzerland to assess the condition of children working in cocoa farms in Africa. Also, she has worked with the Nottingham City Council in the capacity of a researcher from the University of Nottingham to develop a poverty profile for Nottinghamshire which she presented to the Council in 2015.

She has been involved in a diverse range of other research projects - from a DFID-funded project on Pakistan’s growth strategy to formulating a national technology policy. She has also presented her research at prestigious academic conferences in various countries such as in UK and Europe.

Her research interests include:

- Development Economics (in particular Poverty, Inequality, Gender Issues, Child Labour, Water, Disaster Risk Reduction).
- International Economics (in particular Firm Productivity, Technology, Informal Sector, Special Economic Zones, SMEs).
- Islamic Finance (in particular Waqf, Zakat, Risk, Human Development, Theoretical Islamic Economics).